Coweta County School System Honors 2022 Teachers of the Year

Macie Fleming, a third-grade teacher at Welch Elementary School, is Coweta County’s 2022 Teacher of the Year.

Fleming was recognized at a celebration of the school system’s 33 Grade Level Teachers of the Year, held Tuesday at the Nixon Center for Performing and Visual Arts.

“I am touched and honored to be here surrounded by such incredible, talented and passionate educators who have made such a difference in the lives of our students every day,” said Fleming.

Fleming, who graduated from Newnan High School in 2015, first came to Welch in 2018 as a student teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from West Georgia University the same year, graduating with a Master of Education in Elementary Education in 2021.

She taught kindergarten at Welch from January to May 2019, then taught second grade for two years. Fleming is completing her first year as a third-grade teacher at Welch.

Brandavious Mann, special education teacher at Newnan High, and Adrienne Kocin, math teacher and family engagement coordinator at Evans Middle, were also selected as finalists for the honor.

All Coweta County Teachers of the Year are honored at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Coweta County School Board and the Newnan Pilot Club. They are selected at the school level by the other certified teachers in their school.

Teachers of the Year are chosen in recognition of exemplary teaching and serve as ambassadors for their profession.

This year’s winners represent grade levels from kindergarten to grade 12 and come from a wide range of educational disciplines, including elementary education, math, science, language arts and history, l special education, physical education, drama and school media services.

They understand:

Symony Griffiths, Special Education, Arbor Springs Elementary

Lauranne Payne, Kindergarten, Arnco-Sargent Elementary

Kristen Yates, fifth grade, Atkinson Elementary

Lisa Luker, first grade, Brooks Elementary

Amanda Stevens, second grade, Canongate Elementary

Lisa Bourque, second grade, Eastside Elementary

Laura Hightower, first grade, Elm Street Elementary

Angela Nouryeh, first year, Empower program

Michelle Turner, second grade, Glanton Elementary

Charlene St. John, first grade, Jefferson Parkway Elementary

Katie Capshaw, third grade, Moreland Elementary

Amy Cooper, first grade, Newnan Crossing Elementary

Olivia Strozier, Special Education, Northside Elementary

Robin DeMent, EIP, Poplar Road Primary School

Austen Martin, second grade, Ruth Hill Elementary

Kara Fretwell, Kindergarten, Thomas Crossroads Elementary

Kara Hooper, fourth-grade math, Western Elementary

Ashlee Grace Chitwood, music, White Oak Elementary

Whitney Kling, Special Education, Willis Road Elementary

Jennifer Davis, eighth grade social studies, Arnall Middle

Ashley Dawson, eighth grade, Blake Bass Middle

Stephanie Ferrari, Grade Six and Seven Gifted Science, East Coweta Middle

Laura Dalton eighth grade math, Lee Middle

Jennifer Rogers, Special Education, Maggie Brown Middle

Jeff Welch, eighth grade Georgia Studies, Madras Middle

Donny Blacksher, Health and Physical Education, Smokey Road Middle

Vickie Waldrop, Special Education Grades 8-12, Central Educational Center

Pamela Foulks, Family Consumer Science, East Coweta High

Cassie Scott-Fortune, theater and theater manager, Northgate High

Nekada Lewis, Media Specialist, Winston Dowdell Academy

As Teacher of the Year, Fleming will also be Coweta County’s nominee for Georgia’s 2022 Teacher of the Year.

Jeremy S. McLain